Thursday, June 21, 2007

High Tea

Sorry it has been so long between posts this time. Life has gotten in the way of blogging and at the risk of whining for way too long I'm just leaving it at that.

I did go to my first British High Tea at the Queen Hotel this week. Very nice. It gave me incentive to get out of my pajamas and dress like a big girl for a change! I took the bus into town so I wouldn't stress about parking. I wandered through some stores hoping to find something to wear to the races Saturday...that is just another depressing post that I will leave to another date (it is cold in this country so why I ask do none of the dresses have sleeves...heck most barely had straps to hold them up!) I ended up buying a hat that mad my husband laugh so hard he almost choked - do you think a jury would convict me for that?!

For the Americans - High Tea was served using the really nice three tier servers: on the top were the little sandwiches (salmon on white and egg salad and cress on whole grain - both with the crusts cut off); next came the sweets (fruit cake, pound cake, and eclairs); and then finally, the scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. I am very partial to scones and these were very, very good scones. It was a nice afternoon.

The photos are of two of the blocks we are doing in the Fairford group. I am doing two sampler quilts - one red, white and blue and the other in pinks and greens. Unfortunately I don't always get each block finished in both colorways so this was a bit of a catch-up week for me. Next week we will do paperpiecing which I love but I know it takes a bit of getting used to...somehow seeing things backwards never quite bothered me but I've worked with folks who end up destroying the paper because they have to "unsew" so many times! We'll take this one slow!


Andrea said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the lovely comments ! I too love cream scones and have a great recipe from my mum. I am trying to shift some pounds though so have not made them for a while -lol !

Connie said...

A couple of years ago I attended a large function in Chicago and one of the optional things to do was high tea at Marshall Fields Walnut Room (since then it's no longer Marshall Fields, I believe it's now Macy's). Anyway, it was exactly as you have described. My main comment is that I enjoyed the BEST tea I've ever had in my life and the food was perfect. They treated us royally and we all had the best time ever. I think perhaps there were about 25 of us. We had three or four waiters keeping everything just so-so. And I remember the delicious eclairs and scones...much a weakness for me!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

I've only been to a high tea once and I remember being so overly sugared that I started eating the cucumber garnishes to counteract it. That was back in the day before I discovered how good clotted cream is. mmmmmm. Great blocks and I love that pic of you.

meggie said...

Hi, Thanks for visiting my blog.
Life has been dealing me a few whacks in the recent days too!
Beating me down to size, maybe...
If only it had taken real weight off~LOL.
Those blocks are very nice.

Elaine Adair said...

Lovely blocks - especially like that stripey addition.

anne bebbington said...

Great to see you back Siobhan - I was starting to get worried - like the new look blog, very smart. Do show us a picture of THE hat pleeeeease

Dordogne Clare said...

What! No cucumber sandwiches! You aren't by any chance going to Royal Ascot are you?

Like the new look and that is a lovely photo of you.

Tazzie said...

Ohhh, I love scones with jam and cream. Just reading about your high tea made my mouth water. Yum!

Darcie said...

High Tea sounds delightful!

I had to LOL:

***my husband laugh so hard he almost choked - do you think a jury would convict me for that?!***

Not as long as we just *think* it, right?! ;-)

Love your picture on your sidebar!!! Hurray!